slovenly

[sluhv-uhn-lee]
adjective, slovenlier, slovenliest.
1.
untidy or unclean in appearance or habits.
2.
characteristic of a sloven; slipshod: slovenly work.
adverb
3.
in an untidy, careless, or slipshod manner.

Origin:
1505–15; sloven + -ly

slovenliness, noun


1. sluttish, slatternly. 2. careless, loose, disorderly.


1. neat. 2. careful.
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slovenly (ˈslʌvənlɪ)
 
adj
1.  frequently or habitually unclean or untidy
2.  negligent and careless; slipshod: slovenly manners
 
adv
3.  in a negligent or slovenly manner
 
'slovenliness
 
n

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slovenly
1510s, "low, base, lewd," later "untidy, dirty" (1560s), from sloven "immoral woman" (mid-15c.), later also "rascal, knave" (regardless of gender); probably from M.Flem. sloovin "a scold," related to sloef "untidy, shabby," from P.Gmc. *slup- + O.Fr. suffix -ain, from L. -anus.
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Example sentences
The moral depravity of that book was matched by its physical slovenliness.
Aside from spitting and slovenliness, crime was rather rare.
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